2011 Volkswagen Jetta Long-Term Road Test

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Armramp

August 24, 2011


I'm generally easy to please when it comes to seat comfort. But one thing that annoys me is when a manufacturer messes up something as elementary as a center armrest. Whether they make them out of hard plastic, uneven with the door armrest or leave them off altogether, man, that just bugs me. And my stinkeye has turned to our long-term Jetta on this one.

See that armrest above? It's canted forward. Why? I don't know, but it shouldn't be. That armrest doesn't really allow me to rest my arm there, it just offers a tenuous perch for my elbow. Besides the angle, it's also too small. Other VWs have an armrest that slides forward, but not our Jetta. If I were on a road trip, I'd probably prop it open with my wallet or something.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

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